Policy research in higher education: Theories and methods for globalising times

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on theories and methods for policy studies in higher education, in an era of accelerating globalisation. Policy is increasingly conceived as a complex process which extends from global to local levels, and is contested at all levels. At the same time, higher education has assumed a more central role in the development of a so-called 'global knowledge economy'. Thus, the re-conceptualisation of 'policy', along with the repositioning of the role of higher education in globalising times, call for a rethink on theory and method for higher education policy studies. With attempts to cover a broad global-local span, single theoretical framings are often insufficient, and theoretical eclecticism potentially offers more comprehensive insights into dynamic policy processes than single theories alone. In particular, the combination of critical theory and post-structural theory has presented a fruitful way to build policy 'trajectory' and 'network' analyses across multiple levels and sites. © 2013 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited All rights of reproduction in any form reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-39
JournalInternational Perspectives on Higher Education Research
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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